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Keystone’s Zimmerman, Juday, Runels Move Up

February 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. today (Feb. 5) announced a series of organizational changes at Keystone RV Co., Dutchmen Manufacturing and CrossRoads RV. Matt Zimmerman will assume the role of CEO of Keystone, after serving for four years as the company’s president. In his new role as CEO, Zimmerman and a select group of Keystone’s operations team will provide oversight to Keystone, Dutchmen and CrossRoads. Zimmerman will continue to report directly to Thor President and CEO Bob Martin. “This... Read more

Elkhart ‘Open House’ is Set for Week of Sept. 19

February 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2016 Elkhart RV Open House, one of the RV industry’s two key national wholesale RV-buying trade venues, is slated for the week of Sept. 19 in and around the northern Indiana city of Elkhart. The show immediately follows one of the year’s top retail-centric events – the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association’s popular Hershey Show, Sept. 12-18 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The release of the dates for the Open House, originally launched in 2009 as a proprietary Forest River Inc.... Read more

Good Sam 50th RV Travel Guide Now Available

February 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Sam has released the 50th anniversary edition of the 2016 Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide, which bills itself as the most recognized source of RV park and campground information in North America. Celebrating a half-century of providing value and service to RVing customers, the 1,736-page guide includes a special feature retracing the parallel journeys of Good Sam and Camping World from humble beginnings in 1966 to today’s market dominance, according to an announcement. Also included... Read more

Iowa Truck Camper Maker Targeting U.S. Market

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Exterior of the BunduCamp 260 BundutecUSA Inc., a small Raymond, Iowa, company that found moderate success building truck campers for export to Australia, is turning its attention to the U.S. RV market after the foreign exchange rate became unfavorable. ”I’m just developing the market for the U.S.,” said Rory Willett, BundutecUSA president. ”Last year, I built 35 campers for Australia. The Aussie dollar dropped so much last year it made my product too expensive.” Currently... Read more

Highland Ridge RV Plans $5.7 Million Expansion

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Highland Ridge RV has announced plans to double production at its Shipshewana, Ind.-based operations and create up to 65 jobs by 2019. The subsidiary Middlebury-based Jayco Inc. subsidiary reported in a press release that increased sales led to the need for the $5.68 million expansion. The company plans to break ground this spring on a 92,000-square-foot facility on its Shipshewana campus. Construction is set to wrap up in September. Highland Ridge says the expansion will allow it to double production... Read more

RVIA: Wholesale Shipments Gained 4.9% for ’15

January 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments posted a robust finish to 2015, rising to 28,025 units in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) December survey of manufacturers, 4.8% ahead of the final month last year and the largest December total since 2005. For the year as a whole, all RV shipments reached 374,246 total units, an increase over the previous year of 4.9% and the best yearly total since 2006. This year marked the sixth consecutive annual increase in RV shipments since the end of the recession. Seasonally... Read more

Gov. Pence To Keynote May 12 Power Breakfast

January 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann addresses capacity crowd at last year’s Power Breakfast (Photo by Shawn Spence) Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will keynote the first half of this year’s 4th Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast, a fast-paced, information-rich event catering to early-rising recreational vehicle industry constituents along with civic and business leaders. The Power Breakfast is slated for May 12 from 7-9:45 a.m. at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in the RV-building... Read more

OPINION: Remember, It’s About The Adventure!

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Full-timers Ryan McCready and Kim Thomas check out the selection of RVs in Tampa with their Goldendoodle companion Jet RV industry people understandably spend the bulk of their time absorbed in conversations about the merits of things like hitch weights and interior decors, awnings and tag-axles. But many of us probably lose track at times on a personal level of the real-life consumers in whose hands all of these recreational vehicles eventually wind up. With that in mind, we visited with a few RV... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towable Sales Slide 16.9% in Nov.

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable sales declined 16.9% in November and 11.9% for the first 11 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector fell 15.4% in November and 10.5% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales declined 19.5% for the month and 16.7% through November. • Folding camping trailer registrations were flat in November on low volume and showed a 12.3% decline year-to-date. • Canadian... Read more

Reports Positive Out of NTP-STAG’s Joint Expo

January 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 2500 packed the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. A bustling crowd of more than 2,500 people — including 200 RV industry aftermarket suppliers — converged Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 19-20) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the New Orleans 2016 NTP-STAG Expo. The gathering represented the first annual convention hosted by Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. in which the clients, vendors and staffs of all three distribution companies acquired over the past two... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales up 17% in Nov., 16.6% YTD

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Led by another strong performance in the travel trailer sector, year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 17% in November and 16.6% for the first 11 months of 2015, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by category showed: Sales for the high-volume travel trailer segment increased 21.5% for the month and 20.3% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 7.8% in November and 8.5% for the first 11 months. Folding camping trailer sales grew 9.4% for... Read more

Tampa RV Show Generates Cautious Optimism

January 19, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Supplier booths were jammed at Tampa Show The general mood of RV industry exhibitors at the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) Florida RV SuperShow was decidedly upbeat regarding prospects for 2016, although tempered in some cases with realistic concerns about any number of factors – from interest rates to national elections to an unpredictable stock market. Tim Hyland, president of the RV Group for GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finanance unit, said most of the measurable indicators... Read more

Despite Weather, Tampa Just Shy of ’15 Record

January 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

SuperShow attendees check out exhibits (Photo by Shawn Spence) Despite two days of rainy weather, the 2016 Florida RV SuperShow, sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), reported an attendance of more than 62,700 people — nearly reaching last year’s record attendance of 63,264. One of the industry’s marquee events, the Jan. 12-17 show at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa featured more than 1,200 RVs on display as well 450 booth exhibits staffed by suppliers and other vendors.... Read more

Camping World Raises Stakes in RV Aftermarket

January 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

John Sirpilla At a time of unparalleled change in the RV parts and accessories aftermarket segment of the North American RV industry, major retailer Camping World Inc. (CWI) is laying the groundwork for a big wholesale aftermarket expansion move utilizing the Illinois-based company’s existing National RV Supply sister division “to ensure that independent dealers across the country are offered fair and competitive prices in light of the recent RV aftermarket consolidations.” Camping World’s... Read more

FRVTA Reports Record Crowd for Opening Day

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic was steady for the Florida RV SuperShow’s opening day (Photo by Shawn Spence) The 2016 Florida RV SuperShow enjoyed a stellar first day as a record crowd of 17,865 took in the nearly 1,350 RVs on display representing 98 manufacturers as well as more than 450 booth exhibits staffed by suppliers and other vendors. One of the industry’s marquee retail events which annually serves as a harbinger for the industry’s overall health, the five-day Florida RV SuperShow runs through Sunday... Read more

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